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Talking Into a Microphone

Talking into a microphone is always slightly awkward. Most people are hesitant to speak in public and an electrically amplified voice that demands attention is terrifying to the intimidated. Any stutter or vocal tic is painfully obvious. You need to be clear and precise with your words, you need to enunciate, and that makes you more stressed and susceptible to making a mistake. And it doesn’t help that your voice sounds like it’s coming out of the speakers before you even say anything. It’s easier to sing into a microphone than it is to make a speech. Anyone can do karaoke if they have enough drinks in them, but delivering a wedding speech is way more intense for some reason. It’s all psychological, it’s all in your head. But you still don’t want to talk into a microphone.

Critically Rated at 9/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Public Speaking

Speaking in public is an important social skill to have. A lot of people are terrified of public speaking, and it’s not a very enjoyable experience if you’re shy. But if you can’t read a few sentences out loud to a group of strangers, there is no way that you will be successful in life. How you present yourself is important in the business world. It’s important in any world. If you stammer or stutter, if you speak in a monotone or add the wrong inflection, then you weird people out. You need to speak with confidence. You need to speak clearly and correctly, but you also have to go with the flow. There will be times when you trip up on a word or somebody will ask a question that you don’t know how to respond to. A good public speaker will be able to turn a mistake into a triumph, to transform a gaffe into a memorable quote.

Public speaking takes time and it takes practice, but anybody is capable of learning how to do it. It’s not a natural thing, it’s sometime that you have to work on. Anyone can do it. Case in point: look at Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. They are both awkward nerds, neither seems like they would be the life of the party, they are both introverted, and they had to learn the social skills that transformed their small companies into global forces. Microsoft and Facebook would not have gone anywhere if their CEOs didn’t learn the importance of public speaking and reading out loud. Neither are great public speakers, but when they speak they command attention. Not all billionaires can capture your attention like that. They learned the importance on public speaking and put they their skills to good use. Teach yourself how to read in public. Maybe it’s your time to shine now.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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